Quick and Tasty Red Lentils with Spinach

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It’s not always easy to eat healthy, plant-based, nutritarian meals if it means you have to spend lots of time in the kitchen or if the end result is bland and boring.  This recipe makes it easier…it takes 40 mins until it’s on the table and it tastes great!

Now of course if you’re a nutritarian you know that removing oil and salt from your diet may make it hard to enjoy food and it may take a while to get used to so if you find yourself missing a little extra flavour from your meals then try this one.  Adding lemon juice at the end and using herbs and spices enhances the flavour without added salt.

Quick and Tasty Red lentils & Spinach

* 1 large onion, chopped

* 3 cloves of garlic, chopped

* 1 tsp ground cumin

* 1 tsp smoked hot paprika or regular paprika and red pepper flakes to taste

* 1 tsp dried oregano

* ¼ tsp or more black pepper

* 1 cup crushed tomato

* 1 cup red lentils

* 1.5 cups water or vegetable broth

* 1 300g pkg of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed to remove all excess moisture

* juice of half a lemon

Finely chop the onion and water sauté it in a pan. When the onion is translucent and soft, add the garlic and sauté a bit more. Stir in the spices, lentils, tomato and water and let it simmer about 5-10 minutes until the lentils are almost cooked through.

Add the spinach and simmer a little bit more. Squeeze in the juice of half a lemon to boost the flavour without adding salt. Serve this over steamed veggies and with a side of brown rice.

Note:If the mixture appears too dry before the lentils are cooked through add a little water after you add the spinach if the mixture needs it.  Also, if you taste the lentils before you add spinach don’t be alarmed if it tastes a bit bold…it’ll mellow out once you add the spinach.

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